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Reflection Essay

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Before English 1102, I thought writing was a waste of ink. I liked reading other people’s works but I disliked writing the stories myself. I was never good at explaining my ideas clearly and organizing the main ideas for the reader. Also having coherence between and within paragraphs was a struggle. However, as I wrote three unique essays throughout this semester, I realized that writing was a work in progress. It required deeper understanding of the text and the ability to interpret it in my own words by forming a defensive argument. It took time and effort but the final paper was worth it. It showed how I have grown as a writer. Even though I still have many other writing elements to ...view middle of the document...

Most of my evidence before that point clearly showed she was frightened of her father. The sentence was a claim without enough supporting material. Therefore proof-reading my own work made me identify those flaws. Also I had trouble with topic sentences, which were effective transitions from previous paragraphs. It took a while to finally form this topic sentence: The speaker’s relationship with her father has transformed to a Nazi-Jew bond. I had to emphasize on their father-daughter relationship changes and how this affected the daughter’s perception of her father. Effective transitions can lead to a more organized paper. Paper 1 made me focus on unifying my ideas and the purpose of the poem. My writing was beginning to have some potential.

I was improving on my organization but my ability to create thesis that encompassed the main idea of my analysis stayed the same. A thesis is the premise of the entire essay because it introduces the main ideas that helps creates the coherence in the paper. If I could not make a well-developed thesis, then my organizational skills was useless. In Paper 2, I intended to face the problem. I had to analyze a short story that was discussed in class. I chose “Everyday Use” by Alice Walker. The story focused on a mother and her two daughters’ conflicting ideas about their identities and ancestry. I argued that Mama’s perception of her two daughter changed because how they viewed heritage. Similar to Paper 1, the main focus of the paper is how a character’s perception changes of another character because of other character’s actions. However, this time the character, Mama, was comparing two individuals instead of focusing on just one person. Unlike Paper 2, I didn’t use tension in make the thesis evolve throughout the paper and keep it from becoming a statement of a fact. The thesis instead showed a different side of the story which was, “Walker displays how Mama’s perception of her two daughter changes because of their differing ideas of heritage”. This thesis could have improved but I did not know how to include the “tension”. I did state how Mama’s perception changes but then I did not include more information emphasizing on the perception. Luckily, the rest of the essay really stressed on my undefined thesis. Also my thesis did evolve, “Mama begins to see Maggie in a different light and learns to appreciate her simplicity and goodness compared to Dee’s sophistication and ambitions”. There I showed the reason for that change of her two daughters....

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